Window glass is a functional part of homes, businesses and automobiles. In homes, it can enhance the appearance of the home when a decor glass is used. However, when any glass is broken it is important to replace the glass. Failure to replace the glass could compromise the security of your home, business and car. A home with a broken window is no longer a safe place for your family. Windows Arlington can replace broken glass very quickly. If your automobile has a cracked windshield, then it is unsafe to drive. Glass does so much for people, and often it is taken for granted.
Replacement glass for homes should be selected by the amount of protection the glass will provide from the elements including hail. Windows Arlington will know the glass that is best for your home or office. According to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the energy lost through glass is four to five percent of the total energy consumption annually in the U.S. This represents a cost of $50 billion. Numeric values have been determined by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) which is an organization that evaluates glass. These are:
* An R-value is applied to the glass which indicates an insulation’s resistance to heat flow. A higher the R-value indicates a greater insulating effectiveness. A U-value indicates the opposite of R-value, therefore, a lower U-factor is better.
* Solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) is rated between 0 and 1. A low number closer to 0 is better since it indicates the window is at blocking heat from the sun when the A/C is trying to cool the home. Therefore, in cold areas a higher number is better. Visit the site for complete details.
* Visible transmittance (VT) identifies how much light a window lets in, and a VT rating is between 0 and 1. As the number increases so does the light that is allowed in the house.
* Air Leakage indicates how much air the glass will allow to enter the home. A number between 0.1 and 0.3 is best.
Energy Star-qualified windows can lower your energy bills by up to 15 percent. All glass should have the NFRC label affixed to it as well as the Energy Star label. AAA Glass can provide glass that meets all of the important environmental and comfort criteria you would want for your home or business. The 24 hour service is always available.
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